Activision takes us behind the scenes of Black Ops II “Surprise” trailer

Activision is known for pulling out all of the stops in its Call of Duty commercials, and that's no different with the Black Ops II ad "Surprise." The trailer features a lot of big names, from iJustine to FPS Russia and even Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. Now that the ad has enjoyed some playtime and the launch of Black Ops II is behind us, Activision is taking us behind the scenes in a brief "making of" video, which you can check out by hitting the jump.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Review

It's the end of the year, which means it's time for the inevitable Call of Duty game. Treyarch has a lot to live up too after the reception and the success of the original Black Ops, and this time around, the studio is looking to expand upon some of the ideas laid down in the first game. Does it work, or does the latest Black Ops II installment fail to improve enough and ultimately fall flat? Read on to find out.

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Sales Mean Nothing: Call of Duty Has Gone Stale

Another year, another November where Activision gets to tout its success with the Call of Duty franchise. This time around, the game company has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has generated $500 million on launch day, becoming the company’s biggest opening yet. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hit $400 million in sales on launch day last year.

As expected, Activision claims that the game’s success is due to its unique gameplay and new takes on a popular gaming genre. And as expected, the millions around the globe that have flocked to game stores have helped the game publisher celebrate.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone - the weekend is here again, but before we dive in, we need to recap the day's news. First and foremost, our review of the HTC DROID DNA went live just a little while ago, so if you've been thinking of picking that phone up, be sure to have a look at our review to see what we think of it! We found out today that Apple and Samsung have been permitted to add new devices to their lawsuit, so expect Samsung to go after the iPhone 5 while Apple tries to collect damages on a number of Samsung devices. Speaking of Samsung, the company is rumored to show off a new handset with a 5-inch 1080p display at CES, so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for that.

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Black Ops II PC discs surprise players with Mass Effect 2 data

Well this is something of a hairy situation: we're getting reports that claim some Black Ops II PC discs actually contain data for Mass Effect 2 instead of, you know, the game advertised on the front of the box. One Redditor has compiled a list of links that all lead to complaints of these Mass Effect 2 discs in disguise, and YouTube zeroiez has captured the rather confusing mix up on video for the whole world to see. Sounds like someone made a pretty big mistake.

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StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm finally gets a release date

StarCraft II players have been waiting a long time for Blizzard to announce a release date for the game's first expansion, Heart of the Swarm, and it seems the big day has finally arrived. Earlier today, was showing a release date of March 12, 2013 for Heart of the Swarm, a date that Blizzard later confirmed. So, only five more months and you can finally get your hands on Heart of the Swarm. Exciting, no?

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Call of Duty Elite TV new season kicks off November 13

In case you've forgotten (and frankly we don't know how you could), Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches next Tuesday, November 13. That also happens to be the day a new season of Call of Duty Elite TV kicks off, giving players an edge when it comes to the game's multiplayer modes. In fact, on the first day of this new season is when the first multiplayer guides will be going live, so right from the start you'll have some additional Call of Duty content to go along with your new game.

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